Published Jan 29, 2014

Xian Wang  


It is hard to avoid risks during daily medical practice. Even though empiricism hurdles the uniformed and standardized procedures, we are still guided by high-graded clinical trials and professional guidelines. Labor pain is considered as the leading cause for seeking Cesarean section in China, whereas how to reach the ideal labor pain control is still not that popular in the most populous country where most of the parous women are blind to the labor analgesia. Dr. Xiaofeng Shen from Nanjing Medical University leads her team march for the goal of “painless labor delivery” by adhering to the principle “primum non nocere”. In collaboration with other domestic and foreign peers, Dr. Shen strives to spread and popularize the knowledge of labor pain control in China, which now has been well-known all over the country for their patient-centered efforts, and has been recognized by Chinese professional and health organizations. For the team of Dr. Shen, the practical principle has been perfected to “primum non nocere, secundus, opinion vulnero”.



Scientist, Labor Analgesia, Xiaofeng Shen, China, Safety

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How to Cite
Wang, X. (2014). Adhere to the Principle “Primum Non Nocere”: A Documentary of the Pioneer Scientist in Labor Pain Control in China. Science Insights, 6(2), 112–114. https://doi.org/10.15354/si.14.rp006